'''Jacob August Riis''' (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish-American Reform movement|social reformer
and social documentary photography|social documentary photographer
. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City
; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. He endorsed the implementation of "model Apartment building|tenements
" in New York with the help of humanitarian
Lawrence Veiller. Additionally, as one of the most famous proponents of the newly practicable casual photography, he is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of Flash (photography)|flash
While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate...